Johanns: Farmers should be exempt from costly EPA fuel regs

 “There is no question that we need to protect the land around us, but a one-size-fits-all approach that fails to acknowledge that a farm is different from a gas station and farm trucks are different from long-haul trucks, unnecessarily hurts the ag community,” Johanns said in a written statement. “These bills would save farmers tens of thousands of dollars in compliance costs.”

Under the Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship (FUELS) Act , farmers’ above-ground oil storage tanks would be exempt from the EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations, if they hold less than 10,000 gallons.  Farmers storing less than 42,000 gallons could certify their own prevention plans, under the bill, which is also co sponsored by Sens. Deb FischerDeb FischerDem labels infrastructure ‘top thing’ Trump can accomplish Senators press the FCC on rural broadband affordability Smart investments in America’s future MORE (R-Neb.), Mark PryorMark PryorMedicaid rollback looms for GOP senators in 2020 Cotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm MORE (D-Ark.), John BoozmanJohn BoozmanMedicare’s coverage decisions need more input from physicians GOP lawmakers call on FCC chair to soften data services proposal Senate Republicans eyeing alternative tax reform plan MORE (R-Ark.), Thad CochranThad CochranMcConnell: Senate will pass short-term funding bill to avoid shutdown Lawmakers push one-week stopgap funding bill Picking 2018 candidates pits McConnell vs. GOP groups MORE (R-Miss.) and James InhofeJames InhofeTaiwan deserves to participate in United Nations Optimism rising for infrastructure deal Repeal of Obama drilling rule stalls in the Senate MORE (R-Okla.).

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